Weatherize Your Build A properly weatherized home allows prospective buyers to envision life there in any season
By MICHAEL BORDES
The main goal for weatherization is to protect your home from the exterior elements and maximize the efficiency during household operation. A home that is located in the four-season areas has four reasons to weatherize.
Preparing to Weather the Winter
Winter, in my opinion, is the most important, due to the severe cold temperatures, snow, cold rain, and winds, all of which can make for a very uncomfortable environment if the home is not weatherized properly. By having each home protected, it will also help in saving money on monthly utility bills. Items such as caulk, insulation for your walls and attic, weather stripping, roof shingles, siding, sealed windows and doors, etc., are all useful and important factors in keeping your home and family safe and comfortable.
Today, Bordes, together with his son, owns and runs AA Jedson Company, LLC, a commercial and residential builder doing $20 million annually. (More on that name later.) To read the entire article, click here
Glowing reviews on a home service website doesn’t necessarily mean a contractor is good. These are the real signs you should look for before you sign on the dotted line.
You’re off to a great start finding a contractor after searching on a popular home service online directory. A few contractors are matched with your project and the calls start coming—from one contractor with the same voicemail recording several times in one hour. That’s persistent but also a sign the company is desperate for business says Michael Bordes, president, AA Jedson Company, LLC. Still, the contractor has great reviews so you set up a time to get an estimate. Then the contractor arrives two hours late and offers no apologies for the tardiness. “Punctuality in the construction business is extremely important and should be the main precedence on how your relationship begins with the client,” says Bordes. Here’s exactly what you need to do to find the right contractor for your project.
Relive the joy, appreciation, and even a few surprises from this year’s 17 local honorees.
On September 14, a veritable who’s who of the Westchester County business community came out to recognize the 17 individuals and businesses honored at this year’s 914INC. Small Business Awards. County Executive George Latimer kicked off the awards presentation, ushering in a parade of jubilant and well-deserving honorees. Check out the photo below! For more photos, visit Westchester Magazine
"Westchester has been my home for over 30 years, to be successful within your own community is so rewarding" - Mike A Bordes, President and Founder of AA Jedson Company, LLC. For the full article, pick up a copy of Fall 2018 issue of 914 INC in stands now!
AA Jedson Co. President and Founder Michael Bordes does not choose favorites when it comes to the types of projects his company tackles. “I am proud to be involved in any project, and don’t have a preference in what I do or who I do it for,” he adds. “Construction has been a passion of mine for more than 30 years; I just feel lucky to wake up in the morning and be passionate about what I do.” Bordes’ passion for construction encompasses a diverse range of project types. Based in Rye Brook, N.Y., AA Jedson Co. is a highly diversified company with experience in single-family and multifamily residential construction, as well as commercial projects including retail stores, fitness centers, restaurants and offices. The company takes a similar approach to everything it builds. “Our greatest strength is our attention to detail, which a lot of builders don’t do from the very beginning of the project, but we feel is imperative and critical,” Bordes says. “I look at almost very project from the very beginning and correct mistakes that only tradespeople can see. I’m a fanatic when it comes to the finishes and details in our project.” Examples of the details Bordes emphasizes in the company’s work include the way walls are taped and cornered. AA Jedson’s crews shave the corners from Sheetrock walls to make them perfectly cornered. The company also takes steps to ensure that shelves are at plum level, he notes. Upper Class The company specializes in building high-end multifamily luxury apartments in several of New York City’s most expensive neighborhoods, including the Upper East Side, Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn Heights. “We don’t do anything B- or C-class,” Bordes says. AA Jedson’s recent projects include building a seven-story, 20-unit apartment building in Brooklyn. The company will soon begin work on a three-story building and a five-story brownstone in Brooklyn. The company will also soon begin work on single-family custom homes in Scarsdale and Larchmont in Westchester County N.Y. AA Jedson has completed several custom home projects since Bordes founded the company in 2004. Its custom home projects have built both on spec as well on lots owned by its clients. Bordes occupied two of the company’s past spec custom home projects before they were sold. “I’ve built every home like it was my own,” he says. Custom homes built by AA Jedson range in size from 5,000 to 8,000 square feet and typically value between $2 million and $3 million. Several of the company’s homes in Scarsdale have sold between $3 million and $4 million. The company’s apartments in New York City are typically valued between $1 million and $1.5 million. AA Jedson’s current retail and commercial projects include building Equinox Fitness and Rumble Boxing studios in New York City. The company is also building a location for The Wing, a women’s networking and social organization. ‘Never Cut Corners’ Bordes credits the company’s project diversity to client referrals. “People we have done homes for referred us for commercial, residential and retail projects,” he says. “We’ve been fortunate to have had many of the same clients for more than 15 years.” Before founding the company, Bordes had gained decades of experience in residential and commercial construction beginning in his teens, when he worked as a laborer. After earning a degree in construction management from Williamstown University in the early 1980s, Bordes began work as a leader and supervisor for several companies. Just before starting AA Jedson, Bordes and two partners owned and managed another company that specialized in residential projects. Like AA Jedson, Bordes’ previous company had also diversified into other project types before he broke out onto his own after the relocation of his partners, he says. Although Bordes plans to continuing growing his company’s capabilities and project base, the growth will not come at the expense of his dedication to quality. “My advice to other companies is to work as hard as you can and be as honest as you can to your clients every day and always focus on the details, because that’s the first thing everyone sees,” he says. “I believe in spending time doing things the right way and never cutting corners, even if you have to take a few extra dollars out of your pocket.”
Much like a blind date, a studio’s first impression can make a big impact on how you walk away feeling about the overall experience. And in an increasingly competitive industry, brands are being as mindful when it comes to the interior design of their spaces as they are the workouts being offered inside of them.
That could mean luxe shower products in the locker rooms like at Barry’s Bootcamp. Or, incorporating art, which is what SoulCycle did when it opened a new studio in midtown Manhattan in 2017. “More than 20 orbs were positioned throughout [the lobby], and riders were encouraged to place their hands on [their] surfaces to see a ‘reflection of their soul’ based on the colors and vibrations that show through,” says Alan Cooke, SoulCycle’s vice president of design, who added that a new lobby experience is coming soon. Just like the future of fitness is digital, the future of brick-and-mortar studios will likely be, too. If studios are already paying this much attention to detail today, what’s next? That’s a question I posed to Shelly Lynch-Sparks, founder of Hyphen, an interior design firm that’s worked with clients including MNDFL meditation studio in New York City, Hit House (a new Muay Thai boxing studio in Manhattan), and Classpass’ HQ. Just like the future of fitness is digital, the future of brick-and-mortar studios will likely be, too. “We’re constantly thinking of ways we can design for tech,” says Lynch-Sparks. When working on the interior Hit House, she says she was “adamant” about easy connectivity with outlets and USBs. “I hate not having all the things I want right in front of me when I’m in a workout space,” she says. Other design elements to (potentially) be on the lookout for—if not now, soon: blissfully fast and orderly check-in processes, truly high-tech experiences, and custom-scented locker rooms. (Yes, seriously.) Here are 6 more predictions from design pros about the fitness studio experience of the future. GET STARTED
1. Personalized lockersNo longer are lockers being looked at as smelly caverns to store your stuff during a sweat sesh. Michael Bordes is the president of Jedson Company, a construction firm that’s worked with buzzy NYC studios such as Rumble, SLT, Pop Physique, and Bari Studio. And he tells me that he’s recently seen an uptick in such clients requesting “more upscale locker rooms and bathrooms that are scented. It’s similar to what some hotels with signature scents are doing; the scent is generated [through the ducts] into the ambient air.” So, not only will you be buying into a studio’s signature workout, but perhaps its signature scent, too, as brands invest even more into selling a lifestyle—not just a class. Oh, and having to pay for a lock because you forgot yours (or having to remember your four-digit combo after a particularly blissful yoga class) might soon be a thing of the past, as well. “With digital lockers, people forget their code and get locked out, which is problematic, but I think [soon] it could be your thumbprint, or some part of your body, instead of your code” says Lynch-Sparks. “I’m not sure how far out that will be, but it could be soon, considering we already have it on the iPhone.”